i have 11 (8x8 & 8x10) canvases all lined up on my table. these are all canvases that had something on them in various stages of the next great artistic idea. they were thick with layers of color and mediums, so i lathered on layers gesso & fiber paste in attempts to disguise what once was.
i have big plans, but they stopped at neutralizing what they once were, lol! i think i will spend some time this weekend transforming them into an abstract collection of happiness!!
yesterday i just wanted to create...i didnt care about what i was making or colors i chose, i just wanted to play. i think in opposition to the detailed work of the faces (which i am still in love with doing) i needed a play day to get all "liberal-like" with my paints.
i made these 2 paintings and boy i felt good after! they are totally different in style and sometimes i think, i am one multiple personalitied chick. one all straight lines and clean and the other just down and dirty and pure.
i think this is my most favorite part of what i do...THE FREEDOM!
each day i step to the canvas as a totally new me artistically.
the base of this page actually started with the tissue paper that bill wrapped my valentines day gift in (turquoise and red polka-dots). as you can see it is a far cry from where it started, but i kept little bits of the original pattern in there peeking through.
i also have a layer of stickers underneath the top layer of paint, they are subtle but in there and the leaves are collaged in 7gypsies paper tape .
for my 5th attempt at a face i thought go big or go home right? the canvas is 5ft x 4 ft.
i have had this canvas in my studio unfinished for a while (and i really didnt like it) so i thought i couldnt make it worse right? by far my single most powerful artistic moment was when i was done writing the word "fearless" across the bottom. she is not perfect and i love her for it!
i figured i might as well turn the camera on and record my progress. i wasnt recording to teach or to demo, or show any techniques because i am learning myself. i just recorded my progress in real life...belly rolls, back fat, phone calls and conversations with my kids. it is what my real life looks like.
i will list all of the supplies, printouts i used as guides i found on pinterest and colors i used. again i am still learning so take that for what its worth, lol!
from start to finish she took about 8 hours (over 2 days) to complete on the prepainted background. the time-lapse video is about 32 minutes long.
many of you commented on my facebook page the other day, that she looks like me or like an older mckenna...i can see that and i guess subliminally we paint what we love. mckenna loved the idea that it might be her so we braided her hair and she posed for a photo next to her.
cole commented as i was taking pictures after i finished "wow mom, she is better than the Mona Lisa!" gotta love that kid, lol!
the fact that my family is proud of my art and my growth and they share that with me is the most amazing gift in the world.
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i keep going back to this color combo, it just screams HAPPY to me.
this page was a series of accidents...it started as a really cool paper towel i adhered to the page when i was teaching at Whim so doodle. then, i painted over it and it was so ugly that i painted like 2 more layers over that. then i decided to paint a flower and closed the book before it was dry and the pages stuck together, so i took my paint palette and pressed it to the page and gave it a twist (the turquoise white and gold circle). started dropping some red drips and all of a sudden, JOY!
make something you love from something you dislike in your journal this week! HAPPY ACCIDENTS ROCK!